So I've worked on a Dude Ranch for the last 5 years and of all the horses that have passed through the farm only two (including mine) are Registered with papers to prove it. Now it's been my own personal experience that papers don't make a good horse, and these two papered horses are about as smart as fence posts (even mine I'm sad to say, though I love him dearly) and the unregistered "mutts" if you will are hard-working, honest, dependable horses, with little to no soundness/health issues and are just as pretty (in my eyes) as any Registered horse.
Then I talked to a friend who is looking to do some local showing and trying to find a horse suitable to the western pleasure she's hoping to compete in. And in our conversation I suggested that she should inquire about one of the ranch horses who is going up for sale soon. The horse I asked about she has ridden many times, and adores the horse. This horse is about as versatile as horses come, and would easily do local pleasure circuits, as well as probably excell in some english disciplines as well. She didn't give it any thought before saying no. I asked why. She said because he's not Registered. That's the ONLY reason.
So? It's a gelding. What does it matter anyways? Because another horse has a slip of paper saying he's somebody that makes him automatically a better horse? It boggles my mind that someone who is looking to do local showing would turn down a horse because he 'isn't registered'.
So this is my question. Registered or un-registered, which do you prefer, and why?